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Today Is Record Store Day 2011

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the now-discuss-properties-of-sound-recording-media dept.

Media 108

An anonymous reader writes "Today marks the 5th annual Record Store Day, a celebration of independent record stores. As a music lover, I think this day is of dire importance." I know Free Comic Book Day (for 2011, that's May 7) has gotten a lot of people into comic stores who otherwise wouldn't — partly because of the many free comics given away — but hadn't heard of the record-store equivalent. It'd be nice for record stories to give away tons of 7" vinyl promos.

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Nice Try (3, Funny)

SilverHatHacker (1381259) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841072)

It'd be nice for record stories[sic] to give away tons of 7" vinyl promos.

They'd be sued into oblivion if they tried. Can't have them promoting piracy and stealing money from the artists, now can we?

Re:Nice Try (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841142)

In your rush for first post, I don't think you thought this comment all the way through. Care to try again?

Re:Nice Try (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841506)

I'll second that, what exactly would they be sued for? The record companies would still make money as they paid for each physical recording distributed.

Re:Nice Try (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841198)

Burn vinyl promos [flagburningworld.com]

Re:Nice Try (0)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841230)

Burn vinyl promos [flagburningworld.com]

Is there a story on /. that you haven't posted your flag burning link to? Enough already.

Re:Nice Try (1)

Technician (215283) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842026)

The high prices, the litigation, and very restricted license is what is keeping me from buying music anymore.

Want a background track for you online video?. Forbidden. Want to make a clip a ringtone? Forbidden. Want to convert it to play on your MP3 player? Forbidden. Want to use it for annimated christmas lights? Forbidden.

Basically anything other than private in home playing of the vinyl is forbidden.

If you want to sequence Christmas Lights you can buy an additional license for the public performance. The number of titles are extremely limited and it will cost you an extra bundle of cash for the privilage of making one of those few songs popular.

The legal licenses are listed here for about $30 per track.
http://store.lightorama.com/sequences.html [lightorama.com]

If you want to use another track, good luck..

License rights for additional songs are currently under negotiation and they will be added to this page as contracts are signed.

TSO at least has been generous and provided a free license to use some tracks. Good job. You still need to buy the album though. That is fair enough.
http://www.lightorama.com/FreeTSO.html [lightorama.com]

Re:want to (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842444)

Exactly.

There are some seven uses in this post above me.

Does he want to download seven copies per song?!!

Nah -

We need a system that fairy takes a single paid copy and lets you make ReSpins as you like.

(What, the Orig. Artists didn't do that?? Shame on them if the original is tempo 25% too fast and timbre 37% too high.)

Re:Silver Hat Hacker (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842332)

Offtopic:

I know the White Hat Black Hat framework.

What does a Silver Hat hacker do?

Re:Silver Hat Hacker (1)

SilverHatHacker (1381259) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842514)

It's a Gray Hat who likes to stand out/show off.
I'm not actually claiming to be a gray hat, mind you. It sort of started as a joke, and by the time I realised no one understood what I meant it was too late.

Re:Silver Hat Hacker (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 3 years ago | (#35843098)

I don't know, but brown hat [urbandictionary.com] hackers specialize in penetrating macs.

Re:Nice Try (2)

mrsmiggs (1013037) | more than 3 years ago | (#35843026)

They actually did the exact opposite and produced a series of limited edition vinyl records exclusively for the event, which is great for the collectors but I'd asumme they will already aware of their local independent shops. For those of those who have been tempted away from independent record stores by the internet first with cheap cds then downloads and finally streaming, it doesn't offer that much more really apart from a chance to pull in a few extra pundits with some publicity. My local shop put on a band and given that I'm new in the area and hadn't heard of the shop I tagged along, it did the job in a way I suppose as I've now been in the shop but I came away empty handed, no way am I paying GBP100+ for something I can't even play.

My Crew gives out a free EP. (0, Offtopic)

joocemann (1273720) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841080)

If you're into positive & conscious hip hop, my crew puts out a 4 track EP for free.

go to www.areasoundmusic.com and go to media--music --- then select the left album "Seeds of Change EP".

or this link for zip file...

http://www.liquidmathematics.com/areasound/Area%20Sound%20-%20Seeds%20of%20Change%20EP.zip [liquidmathematics.com]

Enjoy. (We also have a 15 track album for sale via cdbaby, linked on site)

This story is about vinyl... (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841584)

This story is about vinyl... Is it really an "EP" if it comes as a zip file? Really?

Re:This story is about vinyl... (2)

joocemann (1273720) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841610)

This story is about vinyl... Is it really an "EP" if it comes as a zip file? Really?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_play [wikipedia.org]

This was on CD when I bought it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100_Miles_and_Runnin [wikipedia.org] '

It's music biz terminology, and it isn't specific to vinyl.

Re:This story is about vinyl... (1, Informative)

joocemann (1273720) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841638)

And btw, my group is independent, our 'store' is on our site, and I thought it was pertinent to make available the free giveaway that we continually offer, as it is clearly relevant to the original post.

Do you have to argue with every post you see? Really?

Re:This story is about vinyl... (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842380)

Ignore them.

Re:This story is about vinyl... (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#35843472)

Jesus, maybe you need to drink less coffee.

Re:This story is about vinyl... (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842352)

Yes it is!

Re:My Crew gives out a free EP. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841780)

Take your spam elsewhere please.

I went to one. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841128)

There was this very obese guy with shorts and a scraggly beard behind the counter. I asked if he had any Van Halen.

In a very sarcastic voice, has asked, "Roth or Van Hagar stuff."

I said they both had merits and I'd like to see either.

He said, "Whateverrr. The educated and sophisticated know beyond all doubt that Van Halen with Roth AND Anthony is the only true way to go. Now, please leave this store and I never want to see your ignorant plebian face again. Thank yooouuuuuuuu."

He then proceeded to insult and condescend to every one else in the store.

He reminded me of someone and I can't place him.

I think he also owns a comic book store too.

Re:I went to one. (1)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841262)

There was this very obese guy with shorts and a scraggly beard behind the counter. I asked if he had any Van Halen.

In a very sarcastic voice, has asked, "Roth or Van Hagar stuff."

I said they both had merits and I'd like to see either.

He said, "Whateverrr. The educated and sophisticated know beyond all doubt that Van Halen with Roth AND Anthony is the only true way to go. Now, please leave this store and I never want to see your ignorant plebian face again. Thank yooouuuuuuuu."

He then proceeded to insult and condescend to every one else in the store.

He reminded me of someone and I can't place him.

Jack Black a la High Fidelity

Re:I went to one. (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842408)

Whooosh!

Stupid (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841146)

Independent record stores suck. It's really the dirty secret every dirty filthy hippie knows in their hearts but dare not say in public.
The fact is that that with the Internet and big box retailers, there is just no logical reason for them to exist anymore. The stuff they carry is more expensive, limited or specific to some genres, etc. Plus every employee that works are are giant douchebag assholes.

In short, indie record stories will go the way of the video rental stores soon and all die completely.

Re:Stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841428)

since when do big box stores have half the variety of a decent indie record store? the real issue is you can just order everything online now for better prices.

Re:Stupid (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841438)

Independent record stores suck.

Really? You know who else sucks? Big music & the RIAA. Do you think it's a coincidence that Anonymous has chosen today to be 'Boycot Sony Day'?

Indie & local stores need support just like every other small business does. Support your local shopkeepers, they're your neighbors and usually understand what real customer service is.

Re:Stupid (2)

RDW (41497) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841688)

'The fact is that that with the Internet and big box retailers, there is just no logical reason for them to exist anymore.'

Except the ones that serve as a focal point for an entire music scene, host live gigs, expose you to music you might never have come across online, act as a labour exchange for local bands, and generally don't suck, e.g.:

http://www.spillersrecords.co.uk/ [spillersrecords.co.uk]
http://www.amoeba.com/ [amoeba.com]

Re:Stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841720)

Not true, the independent record store are the only place to get great customer service like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ECyX8A3iP0

Re:Stupid (1)

Dasuraga (1147871) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841792)

But independent record stores often cary stuff you wont find in the big retailers. Granted the Internet argument is valid, as it is with most any meatspace vendor. I still think people enjoy going into stores every once in a while though, and you don't get that through amazon.

Re:Stupid (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842532)

I disagree vehemently. What you say may be true in some cases, but I still miss Jammyland in NYC for their great reggae and dub selection and the opportunity to just bump into legendary recording artists stopping in to deliver their new releases or pick up a payment. Browse and listen to tunes at high volume, hang out and chat. There is/was a lot of value in that. It's the misplaced elitism of some stores that ruins it.

Die already! (0, Troll)

neiras (723124) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841196)

"Indy" record stores are basically just venues for the Hipster Olympics' circlejerk event.

Bring on the shaming!

Re:Die already! (1)

joocemann (1273720) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841216)

You've gotta be completely oblivious, or a troll. Either way, I'm responding only to point that out.

Re:Die already! (0)

neiras (723124) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842426)

You've gotta be completely oblivious, or a troll. Either way, I'm responding only to point that out.

You're cute. Are those the only options I have?

Please, point out more little gems for my further amusement - if you can tear yourself away from your search for a rare 1972 Zombies LP... er, self-worth.

Oh. (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841202)

How quaint.

Record? (1)

dicobalt (1536225) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841208)

So like, do they sell paperwork or something?

Re:Record? (1)

Rizimar (1986164) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841774)

I thought they stored CSV database entries

When's horse-and-buggy day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841212)

How about stone tablet day, too?

When technology passes you by, technology passes you by.

Support your local record stores! (1)

Malcolm MacArthur (66309) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841224)

Gosh I actually logged in to comment on this... Yes I went out to Stirling today and supported one of my local shops there; they had bands on out front and back and even the Scottish weather managed to stay mostly sunny. Never seen the place so busy before! Long live the analogue hole :)

Re:Support your local record stores! (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842574)

That, sir, sounds like a grand day out. A lot of people commenting here seem to be missing the point completely, focusing only on the material aspects and ignoring the experience. Not surprising really!

Whatever.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841246)

Record store day seems to be an opportunity for record store owners and music labels to try and convince people (unsuccessfully in most cases) that buying physical music from bricks and mortar stores is better than buying music digitally. It's a last-chance effort to try and claw back some of the sensibilities and sentiments of an era that has all-but passed. Physical music still has one advantage over digital: quality. Apart from that, digital wins in every other way, and let's face it even when you're buying physical music shopping online wins hands down to going to the store.

To celebrate Record store day I'm buying some DRM-free music online.

Re:Whatever.... (1)

arun84h (1454607) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841398)

Generally, the stores participating are small shops that sell lots of vinyl 12" and 7" records, so there is still some merit in having these stores around. Well, at least for the people who still purchase and listen to vinyl records.

Re:Whatever.... (1)

Dasuraga (1147871) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841828)

You forgot how buying physical copies let you own the CD/Vinyl/whatever, instead of a file that could be lost, either through human error(well guess my hard drive crashed!) or market forces( well guess amazon doesn't exist anymore!). And Digital is far from complete in certain areas.Being a big classical music fan, it greatly annoys me how few performances of certain pieces can be found in the digital marketplace. And many of the performances are quite lackluster. Good thing I do have some physical copies of performances I like and have listened to for years, god knows if I could find them again.

Record players (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841260)

Better give out free players too.

How many people out there wouldn't have the equipment to play those 7" promos if they were given one?

Re:Record players (3, Funny)

MoonBuggy (611105) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841526)

A true geek finds a workaround! [huji.ac.il]

Re:Record players (2)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842612)

This is awesome! Thanks. Sounds like Delia Derbyshire at the BBC Radiophonic workshop.

Whatever... (0)

maktheyak (975058) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841278)

Record store day seems to be an opportunity for record store owners and music labels to try and convince people (unsuccessfully in most cases) that buying physical music from bricks and mortar stores is better than buying music digitally. It's a last-chance effort to try and claw back some of the sensibilities and sentiments of an era that has all-but passed. Physical music still has one advantage over digital: quality. Apart from that, digital wins in every other way, and let's face it even when you're buying physical music shopping online wins hands down to going to the store. To celebrate Record store day I'm buying some DRM-free music online.

Re:Whatever... (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841294)

Physical music still has one advantage over digital: quality. Apart from that, digital wins in every other way...

Liner notes/artwork.

Re:Whatever... (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841368)

Aside from the fact that they're both frequently included in digital purchases, neither of those is music...

Re:Whatever... (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842724)

Aside from the fact that they're both frequently included in digital purchases..

While I have purchased admittedly little, and only from the Amazon MP3 store, I've only gotten the cover image.

neither of those is music...

By that reckoning, neither one offers any advantage over the other because you get the music no matter which one you choose.

bad idea (0)

Jeek Elemental (976426) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841304)

cant say I feel like giving them money knowing some of it will be spent suing people

Re:bad idea (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842640)

It is most likely that the independent stores promote independent music not controlled by the RIAA, so I suggest that your comment is redundant.

FLAC (1, Insightful)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841320)

Until I can (legally) download albums in FLAC format, I'll continue to buy CD albums from a record store.

Re:FLAC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841468)

Why can't you?

http://www.jamendo.com/en/ has FLAC downloads.
http://magnatune.com/ has FLAC downloads

Plenty of others do too, both CC sites and for-pay sites.

But heck, Amazon's mp3s are encoded really well for the most part. The ones I've bought there are averaging around 320 kbps VBRs, which might as well be FLAC for all the difference you'll be able to tell by listening. At some bitrate, people stop being able to tell the difference between mp3s and lossless. They *think* they can tell due to the same reason they think oxygen free cables make their music sound better, but with double blind testings, they cannot tell. There's a curve, where at lower bitrates lots of people can tell, and a higher bitrates almost nobody can. Amazon's mp3s are plenty good enough for audiophile use. I wouldn't write them off so quickly if I were you.

Re:FLAC (2)

MoonBuggy (611105) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841578)

There's more to the matter than immediate audio quality - lossy formats are always a poor choice for archival, since the loss is magnified (and the achievable compression is often reduced) when moving from one to another. Maybe MP3 is stable enough that we needn't worry about that, but I'm not sure I'd bet on it. Once you've got a FLAC file, you can produce any subsequent format from it without any concern about conversion losses. It's the same reason that archiving photos as JPEGs is a bad idea, even if they're high enough quality to appear perfect in normal viewing - once you've lost the data, you can't get it back, and it might turn out that there are interesting and unexpected things to be done with those RAW files further down the line.

Re:FLAC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841944)

(I'm the same AC you're replying to). I agree about lossy formats and archiving. But with high enough quality mp3s, you can make your own FLACs and from there on out have no losses when making other formats, so it isn't like you have to pay this cost each time you convert to another lossy format.

It makes more sense with the RAW vs jpeg case since there is dynamic range that's lost when converting to jpegs. But if a really high quality mp3 is audibly identical to a FLAC, you might as well just convert the one time and then make other formats (Ogg or whatever) from that, it seems.

Re:FLAC (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841736)

Zunior.com [zunior.com] sells albumbs in FLAC for an extra $2 each.

Re:FLAC (1)

billius (1188143) | more than 3 years ago | (#35843018)

I realize this isn't quite what you're looking for, but bandcamp [bandcamp.com] offers music in in basically any format imaginable, including FLAC. It's mostly smaller artists, but there are a few big names (like Amanda Palmer, for example).

Re:FLAC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35843182)

Why don't you just torrent them? Then it's free.

If the artist is on torrent, then they're already smokin' rich. Why should they continue to get money for work done once?

Free Vinyl? (1)

fracai (796392) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841346)

It'd be nice for record stories[sic] to give away tons of 7" vinyl promos.

Yep, there's no better way to attract new customers than by giving away a product that no mainstream customer actually cares about. There's a significant portion that wouldn't even stop by for free CDs.

Re:Free Vinyl? (1)

arun84h (1454607) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841450)

The stores participating are not really "mainstream" stores, at least as far as I can tell. I'd wager most of the people making trips to brick and mortar record shops for this event are the consumers who purchase vinyl. You're probably right about a significant portion of people not stopping by for free CDs even, but there are still consumers who would gladly make a trip to their local record shop to get 50% off vinyl or other items.

Re:Free Vinyl? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841494)

Old geeks have the gear to play these. The Doors have a 40th Anniversary album there are only 7500 of them and yes I can play it.

Re:Free Vinyl? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35842192)

It'd be nice for record stories[sic] to give away tons of 7" vinyl promos.

Yep, there's no better way to attract new customers than by giving away a product that no mainstream customer actually cares about. There's a significant portion that wouldn't even stop by for free CDs.

You know what hipsters love? Local bands you've never heard of. If only there were a way to get hipsters to visit local record stores. Hmmm.

If your band can't give away a free cd, maybe you shouldn't quit your day job.

Re:Free Vinyl? (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842654)

And 'mainstream' is a good thing? Enjoy your Lady Gaga. I don't care about 'mainstream customers' - perhaps these stores don't either.

Record store? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841420)

What's a record store? :-)

I really miss record stores and (small) bookstores (3, Interesting)

polaris20 (893532) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841436)

I really miss the one shop record stores, even as they transitioned from vinyl to CD. There's just something about flipping through the disks, looking at the covers, checking out all the knicknack crap they'd have, T-Shirts, posters, etc. For bookstores (not the mega stores) it was always awesome to go through their collections, grab a paperback and a magazine, and then go grab a cup of coffee. Borders and B&N commercialized and neutered that experience, and Amazon obliterated it. I guess it's our own fault though; the public's continued demand for speed and convenience seems to always outweigh the experience. Like comparing a nice train ride to a flight. I'm really not that old, honest. ;)

Re:I really miss record stores and (small) booksto (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841502)

there are still 3 independent record stores in my city, including setups for listening, and people that actually care about music and are happy to recommend new stuff. What killed the enjoyment to buy CDs more than anything for me is the fact that you really need to pay attention that the CD is really a CD and not some DRM-like crap that doesn't play, especially since I don't have a 'real' CD player anymore.

Except they still exist (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841544)

Some of the better known ones:

http://www.amoeba.com/

http://www.rasputinmusic.com/

http://www.othermusic.com/

Re:I really miss record stores and (small) booksto (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35842098)

I guess I am one who helped kill it. I don't like other people around and don't think much of the "experience". I should clarify: I don't like strangers. My wife, kids, family, and a few friends are OK. If I even liked coffee (I don't), I sure would not want to drink it around these other people. I'd want it at home. So yes, I order most stuff online. Although I do enjoy looking around Barnes and Noble every once in awhile. I don't go much anymore because the one section I care about gets smaller every month.

Re:I really miss record stores and (small) booksto (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35843090)

Every city I've lived in currently has local record stores with bins of new and used vinyl. If you miss them, you should look around because you're probably not too far from one.

Re:I really miss record stores and (small) booksto (2)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#35843188)

Honestly, the biggest thing to miss is being able to talk to somebody who actually cares about the music. Sure depending upon which store you could end up with comic book guy or the guys from Hi Fidelity telling you that whatever you're looking for sucks, but so much music is found through social means, it's just not the same looking through online listings.

Re:I really miss record stores and (small) booksto (2)

polaris20 (893532) | more than 3 years ago | (#35843268)

Yeah, I agree. It's kinda like that with musical instrument stores. I'm a guitar player too, so inevitably I find myself browsing the online sites, or going to Guitar Center or whatever. But nothing beats going into a small family-owned shop and talking to some guy who really loves music, loves playing guitars, and doesn't pull the "used car salesman" BS like the big box stores do.

Re:I really miss record stores and (small) booksto (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#35844430)

I think that really goes for any specialist hobby or practice. You can usually tell a good camera shop by the amount of knowledge the sales people have about the craft.

Re:I really miss record stores and (small) booksto (1)

ErikZ (55491) | more than 3 years ago | (#35847232)

Wait til the same happens to bookstores.

Feed the MAFIAA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841582)

That's right. Feed the MAFIAA.

cue the moans about how there is no good new music (2)

jaypaulw (889877) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841596)

independent music is as accessible and creative as it has ever been. check it out.

Re:cue the moans about how there is no good new mu (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842676)

Correct. See sig.

When is buggy whip day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35841704)

Will it be before grammophone day or after stone tablet day? I always get my dead technology holidays confused.

Re:When is buggy whip day? (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842714)

Pencils are obsolete. Ban them! I am going to put a record on now because my iPod suddenly stopped working. See what I mean?

!DireImportance (1)

Eightbitgnosis (1571875) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841762)

It's not that big a deal to me

Brick and Mortar... (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841786)

I thought /. was against the Record Industry and the limits Brick and Mortar put on sharing music?

Just down the page is the article about the merits of Google buying all the record companies while they, Amazon and maybe Apple put everything up on the Cloud for access.

Why are we supporting Brick and Mortar now?

Re:Brick and Mortar... (1)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841954)

I thought /. was against the Record Industry

Independent record shops tend to promote music from labels not affiliated with the RIAA.

Re:Brick and Mortar... (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842728)

Exactly. Some people know so little it is astounding.

How's about "Independant book store day" (1)

Paracelcus (151056) | more than 3 years ago | (#35841926)

Some of my favorite places during my life have been small (mom & pop) bookstores!

Give away what? (1)

FullCircle (643323) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842052)

If you have anything to play a 7" promo on, you're probably already a customer.

I haven't seen a record player in decades.

Re:Give away what? (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#35843234)

Last time I was in BestBuy a couple years ago, I saw a couple turntables, it was like 2 or 3 of them that BestBuy had on display. If BestBuy carries them, then it shouldn't be too much of a hassle to track one down.

Re:Give away what? (2)

captjc (453680) | more than 3 years ago | (#35845496)

I was just in Target (in PA), today and they had quite a few turntables. I also went to Best Buy and they not only had record players, but *new* records as well including Thriller and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Physical shop is the wrong model for music (1)

Bitmanhome (254112) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842482)

I never liked music shops of any sort, because I could never figure what CDs to buy from the purty pictures on the covers. Only a few places ever bothered to put up a music sampling station, but none of them had a fast-forward button, so it took an excessive amount of time to sample the music. (It's surprising how many songs have a long prelude they tells you nothing about the music that's to come. And without fast-forward, you can't skip the prelude.)

Radio and Pandora are pretty much the best way to discover music, and iTunes-like places are the best way to buy it.

Re:Physical shop is the wrong model for music (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35842790)

If you buy music on the internet, you are either oblivious or believe in some strange code of "morals."

Why pay for digital music (downloaded) when you can have it for free? Why pay for digital music (CD medium) when the analogue counter-part is less expensive and of higher-quality sound?

If the mainstream music industry hopes to survive, they will either
a) Return to vinyl
b) Lobby the government to censor the internet on their behalf

One of these solutions is much more cost-effective and easier to implement.

--

I will never pay for digital music ever in my life, neither a download nor a CD. I do however support artists by purchasing their music on vinyl.

Re:Physical shop is the wrong model for music (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35845850)

that's why those stores still in business sell a lot of special edition stuff of old releases, lot's of fan stuff, t-shirts, concert tickets etc. in other words, something more than just the audio data.

You aren't looking hard enough (2)

dubious elise (1200247) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842596)

Permanent Records in Chicago was doing just that early this morning.

RSD Orangizers are Dicks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35842642)

From a local rag:
"Incorrectly concluding that Pressed at Boddie will be released by Boddie Recording Studio and not Numero Group, an RSD “official” began a misguided investigation.

“He attempted to call the lovely Boddie widow and interrogate her on why she is anti-RSD,” says Sevier. “It was baffling to the point of surreal. This same person has a bad reputation for harassing those stores that don’t want to pay for the official ‘signage’ and have ‘unauthorized’ RSD events. This dude is the RSD cop; he fights negative publicity with the fervor of (Church of Scientology head) Tommy Davis.”"

Fuck the RSD. Buy your records tomorrow. Or next week. Next month. Support your local shop. DON'T support the RSD dicks.

Analogue vs Digital (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35842844)

I don't understand why so many have been so dismissive of this record store day and in particular vinyl. My iPod stopped working lastnight. Maybe it is fixable, maybe not but I'm not in a panic of 'oh noes, I can haz NO music'. I have a couple of hundred vinyl albums that will keep me going until I figure out the technical issue with the iPod. So I don't have access to the 11,000+ tunes that are or were on the iPod but it's not the end of the world. And if there is no electricity I'll just play my acoustic guitar. And if all the strings should break I'll just bang some sticks and rocks together. It's all music and the medium really doesn't matter that much. Disclosure: I am an independent musician and producer. See sig.

Free music??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35843124)

Don't most of you here just steal it anyway???

On sysadmin day... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35843574)

On sysadmin day, remind me to suggest it'd be nice to suggest sysadmins works for free all day.

What is a record store, dad? (1)

viking80 (697716) | more than 3 years ago | (#35844316)

What is a record store, dad?

Fond memories (1)

Zomalaja (1324199) | more than 3 years ago | (#35844510)

I have, going into NYC to spend a few hours looking through the old stuff at Colony Records, hoping to find a keeper or something to trade with Slim at Times Square Records. Moonglows, Flamingos, Orioles, colored vinyl 45s'

Enjoyed RSD2011 (1)

fak3r (917687) | more than 3 years ago | (#35845240)

I had a great time at my neighborhood record store today, which I've shopped at for 20+ years. They had bands all day, the very nice RSD exclusives to pick through, tons of records, cds to dig through and all the free PBR you could drink. When I was a kid my dad would take me to record stores, and now I take my kids. Some of the people there today are music writers that I've followed for a long time, their recommendations used to guide me (this was when there was only newspaper, not the internet to learn about new toons) and they continue to today with their picks they play. As a lifelong music fan there are few things I like better than spending a few hours browsing the stacks, the fact that today it was 10x more crowded with loud/live instore bands entertaining us, just made it that much more fun.

Re:Enjoyed RSD2011 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35845734)

and all the free PBR you could drink.

Peanut butter and....?
in liquid form?

eh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35846964)

Who cares and why how the hell is this relevant to slashdot?

i'm confused (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35846984)

um, where does one find this "independent record store"?

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